“Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.” – Psalm 82:3
FBC has a long history of working with and ministering to orphans all over the world. We partner with specialists in Kazakhstan, Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Haiti and many more. We have learned a lot about the child who is “fatherless” and/or abandoned. We are seeking to bring that developed passion to home in Hays County.
Some of our very own church families have been foster families and/or adopted families. We desire to equip and support the family as a whole, and to shed light on the needs and concerns of Hays County Orphan Care. Watch these videos to gain insight into the life and mind of a child that has been “removed.”
Orphan Care Ministries
In 2018, we came to the realization that the majority of our mission partners are working in areas of orphan care. Orphan care has had a prominent place in our hearts as evidenced through our global involvement. We thought it was time to bring that passion closer to home. While on the international field, orphan care roots itself in orphanages and community homes, here in our neighborhood it is reflected in the foster home, adoption families, and restoration or rehabilitation of the biological family. We are seeking to equip our church and community to meet needs in those areas.
Orphan Care Resources
Whether it is opening your home to a child removed or supporting a family who is, there are numerous ways you can assist in orphan care. Here are some ways you can get involved in orphan care through FBC and other partnering organizations in our region:
Other Community Care Ministries
Immigration Law Services
This is a service that is coming soon. At First Baptist Church we desire to love our neighbor. Through the ministries we share we know that many of our neighbors are immigrants. For the sake of transparency in those relationships we want to build, we see that Immigration Law Services are strongly needed in our community. Through the guidance and training of the I.S.A.A.C. Project we will have Immigration Law Counselors available to help people understand within the law what are their rights and course of action for furthering their immigrant status. This is a bipartisan ministry and is simply providing education and advocating services.
GriefShare is a grief recovery support group where you can find help and healing for the hurt of losing a loved one. It is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. Throughout the Fall and Spring semester, a GriefShare group meets at FBC on Mondays from 7:00-9:00pm. Our leadership is trained thoroughly to counseling you through the GriefShare program.
Cancer Care is a support group here at FBC that understands what you are going through after a cancer diagnosis. They meet the second Wednesday of the month for lunch and fellowship. This community walks alongside you through the difficult times by making hospital visits, helping with doctor appointments, taking meals to homes, writing letters or making phone calls, and much more. These are people who understand what you are going through. Don’t do it alone.
Veterans Patrol is a group that will “have your back.” Their mission is to stand together in faith to support each other for inner peace. This group meets on the 4th Monday of the month at 7pm at First Baptist Church. Their core values is for diversity and inclusion. The group is for all veterans of all branches, ranks, genders, races, ethnics, and ages. Veterans Patrol is also about choosing peace and life, and to maintain assurance and respect for each other. To learn more about their mission, their meetings and their group, check out their website at www.veteranspatrol.org.